YMMV / Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

  • Contested Sequel: To Pokémon Colosseum. While it cleaned up a lot of the criticism that game got, certain things, such as the less involved plot, the Lighter and Softer take on Orre, and in general recycling a lot of plot elements from Colosseum made many feel like this game was a step backwards. The only thing people never seem to criticize is Shadow Lugia.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • The backstories behind Eevee and Togepi. Awww!
    • If you beat Greevil again after purifying all Shadow Pokemon, you'll see a brief cutscene of the hero putting his Snag Machine away, as it's not needed anymore. Gives a nice feeling of closure.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shadow Lugia and Miror B. are the most remembered characters in this game, and even to this day there are several fans demanding that they both makes another appearance in the series.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Michael and Lovrina.
  • Foe Yay: After being defeated at Orre Colosseum, Lovrina takes a liking to Michael and grants him the title "Lovrina Fan Club Member No. 1".
    Lovrina: I was so impressed by your toughness! Because you are so tough, I'll let you be the first member in my fan club! Doesn't that so make your day?
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Some thought this game re-used too much from Colosseum
  • I Thought That Was: No, the name of the game doesn't mean "Pokémon, LOL".
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Cipher as a whole crosses it in the first scene (as if they weren't on the other side of the line already) with the destruction of the S.S. Libra, which is confirmed to kill several people.
    • Individually, we have Snattle's imprisonment of an entire town's population (apparently using violence no less), Lovrina's corruption of Shadow Lugia, and Ardos attempting to get Michael and everyone else within the area killed.
  • Narm: The title is hard to take seriously when it looks like the laughing Emoticon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The idea of Shadow Pokemon was already scary enough, but Shadow Lugia is a Pokemon so completely messed up its body literally transformed.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Cipher Peons have a tendency to drop down from the ceiling when you least expect it. There's also one time where you get on an elevator alone, and you come out of said elevator with a Peon behind you.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Michael is seen by many as a huge step down from Wes.
  • The Scrappy: Michael's little sister Jovi.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • For many, Poké Spots defeated the entire point of Shadow Pokémon and Orre. Though each Poké Spot has three different Pokémon each to catch for a total of nine with three Poké Spots, and even then, three were necessary to trade for Duking's Meditite, Shuckle, and Larvitar, making it a total of just twelve different kinds by using the Poké Spots.
    • The fact you lose any Shadow Pokémon you caught in a fight if you lose, unlike in Colosseum.
  • Special Effect Failure: The Bonsly Photo is obviously just official art of Bonsly plopped over a screenshot of Phenac City with a bad drop shadow.
  • That One Boss:
    • Snattle's second fight isn't Greevil caliber, but it's also fairly brutal on its own, mainly due to his Shadow Starmie being a decent sweeper and being fought a long way away from a healing machine on either end, but you fight the smartest grunt in the franchise right afterwards.
    • Eldes. His Shadow Salamence is a few levels higher than anything you've fought at this point, and it will steamroll anything that isn't a Shadow Pokémon. Not only that, but his other Shadow Pokémon hit quite hard as well.
    • Greevil not only has access to the three Legendary Birds, but also Lugia, as well as three Pokemon that are fairly strong in their own right.
    • Ardos. Unlike the previous enemies before him, and even a few after him, he introduces some diabolical shadow moves with three very high quality shadow Pokemon, two of which are fast, and have full movesets, the other, a Snorlax carrying Leftovers, being very difficult to capture. Oh, and his Alakazam, which he previously used to obliterate an earlier boss, will tear apart an enormous variety of Pokemon, covering all of the weaknesses of his team.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The things they didn't keep the same rubbed some fans the wrong way, particularly changing Orre into a much more habitable place, thus losing its "edge."